Iridium

Iridium


The Iridium communication satellites have a peculiar shape with three polished door-sized antennas, 120° apart and at 40° angles with the main bus.

Occasionally, an antenna reflects sunlight directly down at Earth, creating a predictable and quickly moving illuminated spot on the surface below of about 10 km diameter. To an observer this looks like a bright flash, or flare in the sky, with a duration of a few seconds.

This app displays in real-time where is each Iridium satellite, predicts when these flares will occur from the observer's position and allows from the 3D locator, locate the exact point in the night sky.

Gets the data needed from android device (accelerometer, compass, location) and from the following urls:
www.celestrak.com and www.heavens-above.com

Recent changes:
V2.0

-After 5 seconds, automatically displays Next Flares windows.
It can be changed from the preferences menu.
-New menu to display on newer devices.
-The initial magnification changes in tablets.
-New link-donation from visible passes.

V.1.92
-Fixed another bug data access.

V.1.9

-Fixed bug data access.
-Fixed bug with time zones containing fractions of hour (eg UTC -4:30 Caracas-Venezuela)
-Fixed some bug with alarm. Next Flares, alarm icon now work fine.
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4.2
User ratings
201
Installs
10,000+
Concerns
1
File size
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About Iridium
The Iridium communication satellites have a peculiar shape with three polished door-sized antennas, 120° apart and at 40° angles with the main bus.

Occasionally, an antenna reflects sunlight directly down at Earth, creating a predictable and quickly moving illuminated spot on the surface below of about 10 km diameter. To an observer this looks like a bright flash, or flare in the sky, with a duration of a few seconds.

This app displays in real-time where is each Iridium satellite, predicts when these flares will occur from the observer's position and allows from the 3D locator, locate the exact point in the night sky.

Gets the data needed from android device (accelerometer, compass, location) and from the following urls:
www.celestrak.com and www.heavens-above.com

Recent changes:
V2.0

-After 5 seconds, automatically displays Next Flares windows.
It can be changed from the preferences menu.
-New menu to display on newer devices.
-The initial magnification changes in tablets.
-New link-donation from visible passes.

V.1.92
-Fixed another bug data access.

V.1.9

-Fixed bug data access.
-Fixed bug with time zones containing fractions of hour (eg UTC -4:30 Caracas-Venezuela)
-Fixed some bug with alarm. Next Flares, alarm icon now work fine.

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A Google User
Jun 13, 2014
Pin point Accurate!
A Google User
Jun 12, 2014
Does what is says on the box Finds the iridium and points out the flash point accuratley
A Google User
May 15, 2014
Great app for viewing iridium flares. Would like the start screen to default to upcoming flares rather than the map view. Also if you could add countdown pips/beeps just befpre the flare would bump my rating to 5 stars.
A Google User
May 1, 2014
Uninstalled This app is always running, didn't look like a way to keep it from starting, although I only looked 20 seconds. Could've missed it, but it sucks anyway. Uninstalled, and 1 star because it blows and the audacity of its imagined self importance
A Google User
Apr 16, 2014
Too simple I downloaded and cannot choose the satellite to follow. I guess it is only giving me the one required based on my current location.